Stephanie Blythe, one of the most highly-acclaimed artists in opera today, makes her Boston stage debut in the title role of Offenbach's spoiled and capricious but magnetic petty tyrant.
As her army musters for a war devised solely for her amusement, the Grande-Duchesse becomes infatuated with a young soldier, whom she rapidly promotes to General. Her least favorite just as quickly falls out of favor - and she joins in the assassination plot - when he marries his sweetheart.
La Grande-Duchesse de Gerolstein offers a wickedly incisive satire of militarism, diplomatic maneuverings, and the caprices of the ruling class, set to a delightfully effervescent score that exemplifies Offenbach's genius for liveliness and humor.
Performances will take place at the Cutler Majestic Theatre:
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Cast includes Stephanie Blythe as La Grande-Duchesse, Scott Ramsay as Fritz, James Maddalena as General Boum, Wendy Bryn Harmer as Wanda. -- www.operaboston.org